With the median damages award in the millions of dollars, a patent infringement lawsuit in the US can be a boon for a patent owner or a headache for an accused infringer. In support of such awards, patent owners often argue that the value of patents, as measured by damages awards in US courts, bolsters incentives to innovate, to the benefit of consumers. Companies that tend to be on the receiving end of US patent infringement lawsuits often counter that patent owners are systematically overcompensated, leading to excessively high prices for patent licenses and actually hurting innovation.

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Darren Franklin

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